Stories for December 2015


Thursday, December 31


Wednesday, December 30

‘Unsung Heroes’ Jan. 21

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet for “Unsung Heroes” of The Dalles Thursday, Jan. 21, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive. This longstanding chamber event is an opportunity for citizens to recognize those within the community who go the extra mile to help in any way they can, asking nothing in return. Nominations were made by the community and closed in November.

December 30, 2015 4:39 p.m. read more..

Goodwill Industries supports nonprofits

While many know Goodwill as an organization that offers job programs, beyond that core mission the nonprofit also gives to area nonprofits and agencies. This year, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette’s (GICW) charitable arm has given more than $128,000 to 20-plus agencies such as Transitional Youth as well as area food programs, like Clatsop Emergency Food Bank, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council in The Dalles, Oregon Food Bank, Lincoln City Food Pantry, Clark County Food Bank and the Union Gospel Mission.

December 30, 2015 4:38 p.m. read more..

Gorge panel eyes marijuana laws

During the Columbia River Gorge Commission’s meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, commissioners requested staff to prepare a memo providing guidance for the six counties of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in planning for the implementation of Oregon’s Measure 91, and Washington Initiative 502.

December 30, 2015 4:34 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 29


Letter to the editor: Return to values

To the editor: In the last week there have been several letters to the editor supporting gun control. Gun control is not the answer. These people seem to think if gun control is legislated then there won’t be any more shootings. They don’t seem to understand that the only ones turning in their guns will be the law abiding citizens.

December 29, 2015 1:16 p.m. read more..

Voting gets easier with auto signup

Voting statewide will become even more convenient in 2016. Starting Jan. 1, Oregon Motor Voter, the state’s new voter registration law, will take effect and automatic voter registration will be available to those who are eligible to register to vote and apply for an original, renewal, or replacement license, permit, or ID card at the DMV. Once someone applies for a license, they will receive a card and a pre-paid postage return envelope from the Oregon State Elections Office.

December 29, 2015 1:12 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 26

Christmas Moon a rarity

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If you gazed up into the night sky on Christmas you likely saw something rare. And, no, it won't be Santa. He and his reindeers will have already zoomed across the horizon. On Christmas Day there was a full moon, the first since 1977.

December 26, 2015 2:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Trump is egotistical

To the editor: “What in the hell do they think they are doing?” “How in the hell do they think they can accomplish anything by doing that?” Quoted directly from Donald Trump’s mouth while he was being interviewed on national television. While being interviewed by Bill O’Reilly he constantly interrupted him.

December 26, 2015 2:11 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 23

Industrial cleaner helps homeowners remove graffiti

Taggers have once again been targeting The Dalles with spray painted graffiti — some of it vulgar, some of it threatening — but those whose properties have been hit need not repaint or call a specialist, said Barbara Pizzola of A's Sewing.

December 23, 2015 1:54 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 22


Monday, December 21

Sunday, December 20


Letter to the editor: Help for Guard

To the editor: Gift card donations have become a very valuable resource for the neediest families of the deployed Oregon National Guard Soldiers. Families of these soldiers often experience financial difficulties, especially during the holidays. The gift cards offer some financial relief for them, and demonstrate our appreciation to our soldiers and their families.

December 20, 2015 10:18 a.m. read more..

Sunday weather/road advisories

Weather advisory US 97 both directions Weather advisory, Traction Tires are Advised and No Oversized Loads on US 97 both directions from milepost 3.0 to milepost 16 beginning at 9:43 am on December 20, 2015 until further notice.

December 20, 2015 9:57 a.m. read more..

Saturday, December 19

Drought ends for W. OR, lingers in East

SALEM (AP) — Western Oregon has finally escaped the drought that has plagued it since last spring. A drought outlook map released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday shows Western Oregon either not in a drought or in a situation where drought removal is likely, reported The Statesman Journal.

December 19, 2015 11:01 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 18


Regional school schedules and road advisories

Friday, December 18 Centerville School District is closed due to a power outage. Centerville School District will open two hours late: The early release time is extended to 12:45 Dufur School District will open one hour late. Horizon Christian in Hood River is closed. Wasco County School District 21 will operate on a normal schedule, but with NO BUS SERVICE to Seven Mile Hill. Wishram School District will open two hours late. Lyle School District will open two hours late. Buses on snow routes. District will re-evaluate road conditions by 8 a.m. Goldendale School District will open two hours late. Hood River County School District will open two hours late. White Salmon School District is closed. Glenwood Sch. Dist.: Buses on snow routes, no out-of-district transportation Traction tires required on U S 97 Satus Pass, north of Goldendale, Washington, both directions from milepost 32.0 near Chain Up, to milepost 23, chains are required on vehicles over 10,000 Gross Vehicle Weight, beginning at 4:06 am on December 17, 2015 until further notice.

December 18, 2015 6:06 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 17

Man stabbed in Maupin

A Maupin man was stabbed during an altercation with three females along Highway 197 Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. DETAILS IN FRIDAY'S CHRONICLE

December 17, 2015 5:16 p.m. read more..

Freebridge begins brewing in TD

Freebridge is set to span the beer production gap in the gorge. Steve and Laurie Light took over the historic Mint building and plan to open Freebridge Brewery to the public on Jan. 15. “This has been a long time coming,” Steve said, “People around here talk about how this town of 17,000 has had no brewery, while Hood River, a smaller community, has five. People here in The Dalles also want good, local beer.”

December 17, 2015 12:15 p.m. read more..

Body found west of Memaloose Park

The remains of an unidentified white male, approximately in his 40s, was found dead Wednesday afternoon near the railroad tracks just west of Memaloose Park, according to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office.

December 17, 2015 11:50 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 16

Letter to the editor: Global warming real

To the editor: Despite Ms. Ricarte’s insinuation that global warming is just a massive conspiracy, significant evidence exists that global warming has continued from the peak of the last ice age through recent times.

December 16, 2015 4:01 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Guns bring death

To the editor: Does RaeLynn Ricarte realize that President Obama keeps “harping” (her vulgar term) about gun control because Americans keep dying from gun violence at the current rate of 89 per day. Apparently, gun rights are more important to her than the 12,410 lives lost so far in 2015. Six hundred and forty nine of these deaths being children under the age of 11. Let’s not hurry to celebrate the booming business at Old Mill Bargain Center because there is statistical evidence that increased gun sales result in increased gun deaths. The Chronicle’s “Dialogue” heading asked, “What is behind record gun sales in the US.” The answer is the NRA, spineless politicians and fear.

December 16, 2015 4 p.m. read more..

School wins jury trial brought by former teachers

After five days of testimony and 90 minutes of deliberation at Wasco County Circuit Court, a jury today found School District 21 did not promise permanent jobs to six teachers who retired and then continued working for the school district for a few years Wednesday afternoon. The teachers sought over $5 million in damages for lost wages and lowered retirement benefits. DETAILS IN THURSDAY'S CHRONICLE

December 16, 2015 3:34 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 15


Christmas downtown The Dalles

N WHITE takes a selfie with his daughter Aubrey, 4, as they roll through downtown The Dalles on Santa’s sleigh Saturday, Dec. 12. Wally Wolf has taken over the downtown sleigh rides, now sponsored by Kiwanis. Rides take off from the former Griffith Motors site on Third Street again Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

December 15, 2015 2:16 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 12


Skip's Trailhead: Essentials make great holiday gifts

Once again it is time for The Trailheads annual gift list for anyone loving to be in the forest: Nordic Skiers, fishermen, hunters and hikers. In the past I have based this list around the 10 Essentials everyone should have in their backpack. But first lets take a closer look at why we need to carry the 10 Essentials: The “Rule of Three.” The rule of three is a simple rule to let us know what our priorities are in extreme outdoor emergency.

December 12, 2015 1:50 p.m. read more..

TD boys lose to Sandy

The Dalles boys’ basketball ran into a Sandy team that showed they can run with the best of them. Matt Stevens and Cole Wilson notched three 3-pointers apiece for 14 points, and teammate Ben Gilbert added 13 points to lead Sandy to a 93-58 win over The Dalles Friday at Kurtz Gym.

December 12, 2015 1:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Real cost of wolves

To the editor: Considering the condition of our local government, even our state, national and international problems all needing attention, I could write a letter every day about all the wrongs. However, a letter to the editor the other day might seem trivial in the world of wrong ideas but it’s a place to start.

December 12, 2015 1:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Help foster children

To the editor: Did you know that over 165 kids in the Gorge currently call foster care home and most of them are in Wasco County? I serve as a board member for Columbia Gorge CASA, a local non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to advocate for the needs and well being of children in foster care.

December 12, 2015 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Why bail out banks?

To the editor: A while ago, I was going to refinance my house – had my home for more than 36 years so it seemed like a simple task. There was an $80,000 loan on a house worth more than $160,000, what more could a bank ask for?

December 12, 2015 1:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Refugees pose danger

To the editor: When someone gets sick at a Chipotle outlet, a bunch of Chipotles get shut down. Wow! But when the Islamic State says they will infiltrate the immigration of refugees, bleeding hearts still want to receive them. It only took two in San Bernardino.

December 12, 2015 1:38 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Think community year-round

The generosity of Americans is never more evident than during the holiday season. The critics of the capitalist system in the U.S. are many, but when disaster strikes, the world depends on the unparalleled generosity of Americans.

December 12, 2015 1:35 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 11


Holiday Fun

THE HOOD River Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOHs) recently visited residents of Brookside Manor and then joined The Dalles YoHOH club at The Springs at Mill Creek

December 11, 2015 3:56 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 10


Wednesday, December 9

Letter to the editor: Do something

To the editor: While recently attending an event at Keller Auditorium in Portland, I flashed on the Paris theater shooting and imagined what it would be like to directly experience such horror. I think about how more and more people in our country are witnessing gun violence and becoming victims of it. In our places

December 9, 2015 1:51 p.m. read more..

Flood watch for Hood River, gorge

Weather advisors and county personnel are on a Flood Watch through Thursday in Hood River County and the Gorge -- with the NOAA predicted two to eight inches of heavy, consistent rainfall forecasted through Wednesday morning, atop already wet soils.

December 9, 2015 5:45 a.m. read more..

A Festival of Trees

Ruby Polehn, 3, claims first up on Santa's lap as her family prepares to have their picture taken during Saturday's Community Day at the 20th annual Festival of Trees at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. The free community day was sponsored by Fred Meyer, and those attending had an opportunity to sit with Santa, admire this year's Christmas trees and drink hot cocoa.

December 9, 2015 5:21 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 8


ELFF Food Drive

Dry Hollow Associated Student Body volunteers with the Everybody Loves a Fire Fighter (ELFF) community food drive

December 8, 2015 5:01 p.m. read more..

Monday, December 7


Saturday, December 5


Letter to the editor: Need immigrants

To the editor: In response to Mr. Hudson’s opinion on immigration I would like to offer another point of view. One of his reasons for reducing immigration to the U.S. was based off of a perceived lack of need for foreign labor.

December 5, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Don’t act out of fear

To the editor: One of the least told stories of Christmas is the “Slaughter of the Innocents” (Matthew 2:13-18). How King Herod learned he had been tricked by the Wise Men and ordered the killing of all boys in Bethlehem under the age of two. How Mary and Joseph sought safety for their baby by fleeing to Egypt.

December 5, 2015 1:31 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Huffman soars in right direction

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, has been headed in the right direction since the shift from military use of drones to civilian applications began several years ago. Concerned about balancing proactive use of the growing industry with people’s privacy, Huffman formed a special work group to research issues three years ago.

December 5, 2015 1:26 p.m. read more..

Santa heads downtown

There is magic happening in Downtown The Dalles this holiday season. Santa will be visiting on Saturday, Dec.12, and again on Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old Griffith building across from Sawyers True Value on 3rd St.

December 5, 2015 4:50 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 4


Thinking big: Mill lights up for Christmas

As many businesses in The Dalles engage in the happy challenge of decorating for the Christmas holiday — stringing lights, creating window displays, hanging snowflakes —Sunshine Mill Winery at the east end of downtown faces a unique challenge: How do you effectively decorate a massive, historic industrial monument dominating the east end of the downtown core?

December 4, 2015 3:18 p.m. read more..

Discovery Center open house Saturday

ROBERT TUPPER explains the mechanics of his pipe organ at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, following its delivery Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Tupper is one of the featured musicians for the museum’s annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 5 from 12 to 5 p.m. Tupper obtained the massive 800 pound pipe organ from Ogden Music in Portland. The Johannus brand organ was manufactured in Denmark, and the keys are made from Indian Rosewood and European Boxwood.

December 4, 2015 3:08 p.m. read more..

School delays and closure

Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: Closed Dufur Sch. Dist.: Closed Klickitat Sch. Dist.: Buses on snow routes. No Appleton bus route So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Goldendale Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late

December 4, 2015 7:14 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 3


School delays and closures

UPDATE: Thursday night bingo at the Mid Columbia Senior Center has been cancelled UPDATE: The Dalles Middle School Boys Basketball game in Boring/Sandy (Oregon) for this evening has been canceled. Boys Basketball practice after school today is OPTIONAL. Centerville Sch. Dist.: Closed. Basketball game also cancelled UPDATE Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, Buses on snow routes UPDATE North Wasco County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 due to some inclement weather conditions - mostly spots of ice. Goldendale Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE: Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles Head Start 2hr delay, classes start at 10-1:30, no pm class. Carson Head Start AM class cancelled PM Class on time; Petersburg Head Start 2hr delay, No PM class-Bus on snow routes; Goldendale Head Start all classes cancelled

December 3, 2015 5:45 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 2

Winter weather warnings continue Wednesday, Thursday morning

A warm front will lift north across the area tonight and Thursday. Sub freezing temperatures remain across north central Oregon and Southern Washington which will lead to a wintery mix of precipitation. Temperatures will rise to above freezing in most areas Thursday. Areas Impacted: North Central Oregon...the Columbia River Gorge..

December 2, 2015 4:32 p.m. read more..

Enterprise Zone: A tool for growth

Fifty-two people gathered for Monday’s town hall meeting to learn how establishing an Enterprise Zone in The Dalles has helped with job creation. “It’s a unique tool in terms of giving direct benefits to businesses,” said Arthur Fish, business incentives coordinator for Business Oregon, which oversees the zones.

December 2, 2015 4:28 p.m. read more..

School and program closures for Wednesday

The Dalles High School Boys and Girls Basketball Games have been canceled for this evening. Because of the snow and ice, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals on Wheels will be closed today Wednesday December 2nd. As of 9:07 AM The Dalles Middle School Boys Basketball game in Hermiston has been canceled. The Dalles Middle School Basketball practice tonight. Dry Hollow Elementary PTA Meeting has been canceled. As of 7:00 AM: The Dalles High School Boys and Girls Basketball Games have been canceled for this evening. Tonight's Sense of Place Lecture is CANCELED due to an ice storm warning. We hope to reschedule this event. Stay tuned and stay safe out there! North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. No School for Students and Staff. Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles Head Start closed; Carson Head Start AM and PM closed; Madras head Start closed Dufur Sch. Dist.: Closed The Wasco County Area Watershed Councils Coordinating Board and Wasco County SWCD Board meetings scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2015 are cancelled.

December 2, 2015 5:40 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 1

Letter to the editor: Biblical divorce

To the editor: The Biblical definition of divorce is to be found at Deuteronomy 24: 1-5, which basically says that a couple may get a legal divorce when the "grace" has gone from the marriage and some defilement has marred the union. Jesus pretty much confirms this attitude at Matthew 19: 3-11.

December 1, 2015 4:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: New HS plans

To the editor: A new high school would be wonderful. However, the proposal by Doug Kirchhofer is ludicrous and here’s why: The property he proposes carries a huge burden, namely inside the National Scenic Area outside the Urban Growth boundary. Both require massive action to develop for a permanent structure, if not impossible. It places a serious bond issue on the community for purchase of property and construction of buildings, not to mention extreme location for transportation.

December 1, 2015 4:27 p.m. read more..

County delays health decision

Wasco County has decided to wait another year before making a decision about whether to leave the regional health district. An agreement governing the three-county entity allows withdrawal decisions only at the end of a year, with the withdrawal being effective six months later.

December 1, 2015 4:10 p.m. read more..

Speed leads to crash

A Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crew had to use the Jaws of Life Saturday morning to peel back the roof of a wrecked vehicle at the waterfront to extricate a seriously injured passenger.

December 1, 2015 4:09 p.m. read more..

State Champions

Dufur defeats Crane to capture seventh Class 1A title in football program’s history

December 1, 2015 11:07 a.m. read more..


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